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What are the important events that happened on February 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 8 is the 39th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 327 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 26, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,454,889,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘triacontaenneagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,144 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 8 Historical Events

  • 1855
    The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon.
  • 1879
    Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • 1996
    The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place.
  • 2010
    A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travellers.
  • 2016
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Monkey in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 8?

  • 1577
    Robert Burton, English cleric and writer (d. 1640)
  • 1928
    Gene Lees, Canadian biographer and lyricist (d. 2010)
  • 1953
    Mary Steenburgen, American actress
  • 1969
    Shiva Rose, American actress
  • 1977
    Bridgette Kerkove, American actress

Who died on February 8?

  • 1250
    Robert I of Artois, French crusader (b. 1216)
  • 1956
    Connie Mack, American baseball manager and executive (b. 1862)
  • 1984
    Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Iris Murdoch, Irish author (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)

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